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ON  THE PEOBLEM  OF  RANDOM  VIBRATIONS, AND
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By parity of reasoning when E and F are interchanged, the same integral is proportional to J0(f), and may therefore be equated to A0'J0(e)J0(f), where A0' is now an absolute constant, whose value is at once determined to be unity by making e, or f, vanish. 'The lemma
f
Jo
Jo v/(e2 +/2 - 20/cos (?) dO = 2-rrJ, (e) J0 (/)
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is thus established*.
We are now prepared to investigate the probability
•* n v  >   ^D ^2> • • • <"n)
that after n stretches 11} lz, ... ln taken in directions at random the distance
from the starting-point 0 (Fig. 2) shall be
less than an assigned magnitude r.    The
direction of the first stretch ^ is plainly
a matter of indifference.    On the other
hand the probability that the . angles 6 lie
within the limits 0X and d: + d6l , #„ and
02 + d62, ... 6n^ and Sn_^ + dOn_^ is
Ai
Fig. 2.
which is now to be integrated under the condition that the nth radius vector sn shall be less than r. .
Let us commence with the case of two stretches ^ and lz.    Then
P*(r; l^l^^
Air
the integration being taken within such limits that s2< r, where
sa* = l*+ lz2 - 2lil2 cos 0lt
The required condition as to the limits can be secured by the introduction of the discontinuous function afforded by Weber's integral.    For
r I   Ji (rx) J0 (szx) dx Jo
vanishes when s.2 > r, and is equal to unity when s2 < r. After the introduction of this factor, the integration with respect to 6^ may be taken over the complete range from 0 to 27r. Thus
/*5*7r               Pffi
dxJ^ (rx) J0(s2ai). * Similar reasoning shows that if D0 (g) represent a symmetrical purely divergent wave,
provided that/> e.s<?)) is a potential satisfying everywhere the equation V2 + l=0,  and  accordingly  may  be   expanded    Q round G in the Fourier series                                                 '
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